School Safe Rooms
4:28 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Woodward Will Vote On Safe Rooms For Schools

Horace Mann Elementary School in Woodward
Credit woodward.ok.schoolwebpages.com

Voters in Woodward will be asked this fall to approve a $29 million bond issue to pay for school improvements, including the construction of additional safe rooms for use during severe weather.  

This week, the Woodward School Board approved a resolution calling for the election. The Woodward News reports that voters will be asked in October to approve a $1.8 million bond issue for transportation needs and a $27 million bond issue for construction and improvements.

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State Capitol
1:13 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Oklahoma Group Suing To Open Up "Plan B" Access

About 300 people gathered in St. Paul in April last year to stand for women's rights in areas such as: reproduction, abortion, contraception, health care, LGBT equality, workers rights, rape victim rights. This was one of many nation-wide events called "Unite Against the War On Women."
Credit Fibonacci Blue / Flickr Creative Commons

A coalition of reproductive rights advocates has filed a lawsuit to block enforcement of an Oklahoma law that restricts access to the morning-after emergency contraception pill.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court on behalf of the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice and Jo Ann Mangili of Mounds, the mother of a 15-year-old girl.

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Earthquakes
12:09 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Earthquake Recorded Near Boley

Oklahoma earthquakes by magnitude, as measured on the Richter scale.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a small earthquake near Boley in central Oklahoma.

The USGS reports the 3.3 magnitude quake was recorded at 1:57 a.m. Thursday five miles southwest of Boley in Okfuskee County — about 55 miles east of Oklahoma City.

No injuries or damage have been reported.

Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans and that damage doesn't usually occur with earthquakes below magnitude 4.0.

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OneSix8
11:59 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week: Benefiting Others

GIVE
Credit Chase (Chase Barrington) / Flickr Creative Commons

In addition to details about for-profit concerts, public town-halls, art gallery showings and the like, KGOU’s events calendars regularly include information on so-called “benefits” and fundraising events.

In this week's OneSix8, we highlight four such events where you can donate time, energy and even dollars and cents for a cause.

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11:32 am
Thu August 8, 2013

New Study Finds High Levels of Arsenic in Groundwater Near Fracking Site

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ProPublica reports while it's far from conclusive, a study indicates a connection between fracking and higher arsenic levels in groundwater.
A recently published study by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in groundwater near natural gas fracking sites in Texas' Barnett Shale. While the findings are far from conclusive, the study provides further evidence tying fracking to arsenic contamination.
The Two-Way
11:12 am
Thu August 8, 2013

World-Record Snakehead Fish Caught In U.S.

Caleb Newton, who lives in Spotsylvania County, Va., holds the 17-pound, 6-ounce northern snakehead fish he caught in June. The International Game Fish Association has approved a world record for his catch of the invasive predator.
Griffin Moores The Free Lance-Star

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 10:59 am

A Virginia man has caught the largest northern snakehead on record with a rod and reel, landing a 17-pound, 6-ounce specimen of the fish often called "Frankenfish" for their monster-like appearance and tenacious survival skills.

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Environment
10:51 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Forestry Services Take Forest And Woodlands Inventory

Forest near Meeks, Okla.
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Oklahoma Forestry Services is conducting an inventory of several central Oklahoma counties to determine the type of forest and woodlands they contain.

A Forest Inventory and Analysis crew is collecting data this month in Caddo, Canadian, Cleveland and Oklahoma counties. Foresters began the data collection in 2009. Every year since, foresters have gathered information about the amount of land under forest cover, the type of forests and tree species that are present, tree sizes, invasive species and forest health issues.

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Native American
10:45 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Sadness, Joy Inherent In South Caroline Couple's Adoption Case

The seal of the Cherokee Nation.

Years into their attempt to adopt a Cherokee girl, Matt and Melanie Capobianco say they can empathize with any sadness the girl's biological father might be feeling after being ordered to turn her over to them.

More than a year and a half ago, the Charleston-area couple was in a lawyer's office, tearfully handing over Veronica — whom they'd raised since birth — to the father, Dusten Brown, who lives in northeastern Oklahoma.

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Open Records
9:54 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Keeping Secrets: Owasso City Councilor Sues Over Document Release

Patrick Ross, member of the Owasso City Council.
Credit City of Owasso

A city councilor in Owasso has filed a lawsuit claiming the city violated Oklahoma's open meeting and open records law.

The lawsuit filed by Councilor Patrick Ross claims that an investigative report on former City Manager Rodney Ray was given to councilors during an executive session in June, then collected before the closed-door meeting ended.

Ray was suspended with pay May 24 and the council ordered an investigation to look into an undisclosed employee complaint. He resigned in June and the city council approved a severance package worth more than $185,000.

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NPR Story
9:03 am
Thu August 8, 2013

New IVF Technique Raises Ethical Questions

Connor Levy is the first baby born using a new in vitro fertilization technique. (Courtesy of Main Line Fertility)

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 3:14 pm

A Philadelphia baby, born in May, is the first child in the world conceived using a new in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique, which screens embryos for chromosomal disorders and abnormalities before implantation.

People who use this technique will avoid implanting chromosomally abnormal embryos that would result in either not becoming pregnant, or in miscarriage.

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